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Kiwanis Club hears of Berigters’ journey – Los Alamos reporter

Kathy and Steve Berigter at the July 19 Kiwanis Club meeting. Photo by Brooke Davis

BROOK DAVIS
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Kivans Steve and Katie Berigter love to travel the world, and even the pandemic hasn’t stopped them. They spoke at a meeting in Kiwani on July 19, talking about a recent trip that spanned many countries.

In March they were in the United Kingdom. They rented a car in London and made it through the ordeal (at least for American drivers) by driving the wrong side of the road and roundabouts all the way to Edinburgh, Scotland.

While in Edinburgh, they visited the castle, walked through several parts of the city and tasted food and drink in the city’s taverns. Returning south, they visited York Minster, the summer home of Albert and Victoria, the old Roman city of Bath, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle.

The Berigters were impressed by the age of the buildings, the vast wealth of the monarchy at the height of its power, and last but not least, the delicious international food they enjoyed.

After a short return to the states, they finalized the details of a trip to Japan, but found that the country was not yet open to Western tourists. After negotiating with the air carrier at the last minute, they changed their plans and instead went to Sweden, Denmark and Sweden. Among the highlights of their Scandinavian adventure was a beautiful museum that displays a sunken battleship built by King Gustav, who copied her design from the ships of the British Navy.

And Japan? It is still closed to tourists, but the Berigters plan to go there anyway.

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